The Milwaukee man accused of gunning down his 13-year-old neighbor last year tells police he did it because he wanted his stolen shotguns back.
The comments came in a police-interrogation video that prosecutors aired in his homicide trial Tuesday. Seventy-six-year-old John Henry Spooner is accused of fatally shooting Darius Simmons in the chest from several feet away.
The police video shows Spooner chatting with detectives about his two dogs and his gun collection. He doesn't deny shooting his neighbor. When an officer asks who Spooner shot he says, "I guess it was a 13-year-old boy."
Spooner tells the investigator he's been burglarized before and beaten up in his own house.
Prosecutor Mark Williams said Tuesday the defendant's own security cameras captured the May 2012 shooting. He says jurors will see the terror in Darius Simmons' face and see how coldblooded 76-year-old John Henry Spooner was.
The criminal complaint says Spooner suspected Simmons of breaking into his home and stealing guns. Spooner confronted the teen on the sidewalk and demanded that he return them. The complaint says Simmons denied stealing anything and Spooner shot him in the chest.
Simmons’ mother says she held her boy in the street as he took his final breath.
Patricia Larry testified Tuesday and said Spooner accused her son of burglary. She says he told Simmons he'd teach the boy not to steal, and then shot him.
Larry says her wounded son fled into the street, and when she ran to where he collapsed he only had a light pulse. She says she pulled his shirt up and saw a bullet hole in his chest.
Defense attorney Franklyn Gimbel concedes Spooner shot the fatal bullet, but says he'll argue he didn't intend to kill Simmons and that Spooner's mental illness prevented him from knowing right from wrong.